Since our last World in Sport P4P rankings, there have been multiple significant fights. Naoya Inoue destroyed Emmanuel Rodriguez to move on to the finals of the WBSS, Deontay Wilder crushed Dominic Breazeale in the first round, and Andy Ruiz Jr. upset Anthony Joshua to become the new unified WBA “super”/WBO/IBF heavyweight champion of the world. Callum Smith also fought, successfully defending his WBA “super” super middleweight title.
Andy Ruiz makes his debut on our list at #14, while Joshua drops down to #18. Inoue’s dominant win over a solid opponent pushes him up to #5, and Callum Smith ends up at #13 (because of the Joshua loss).
My list is based on a number of factors, ranked below by order of importance:
- 1: Resume – Has he dominated his division? How has he performed against top competition?
- 2: Ability – How special is he in the ring? Is he one-dimensional or well-rounded?
- 3: Weight – Has he moved up in weight with success? Slight bias towards the more competitive divisions.
- 4: Potential – Is the fighter on the decline, or can he get even better?
- 5: Activity – Fighter must have fought at least once within the past year.
* = Fighter has fought since last rankings.
1 ▬ Terence Crawford (USA) | 35-0-0
Notable Wins: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Viktor Postol, Jeff Horn, Amir Khan
2 ▬ Vasyl Lomachenko (UKR) | 13-1-0
Notable Wins: Gary Russell Jr., Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Jorge Linares
3 ▬ Saul Alvarez (MEX) | 52-1-2
Notable Wins: Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs
4 ▬ Oleksandr Usyk (UKR) | 16-0-0
Notable Wins: Krzysztof Glowacki, Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev, Tony Bellew
5 ▲ Naoya Inoue* (JPN) | 18-0-0
Notable Wins: Omar Narvaez, Kohei Kono, Jamie McDonnell, Juan Carlos Payano
6 ▼ Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) | 38-1-1
Notable Wins: Martin Murray, David Lemieux, Kell Brook, Daniel Jacobs
7 ▼ Mikey Garcia (USA) | 39-0-0
Notable Wins: Orlando Salido, Adrien Broner, Sergey Lipinets, Robert Easter Jr.
8 ▼ Errol Spence Jr. (USA) | 24-0-0
Notable Wins: Chris Algieri, Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson, Mikey Garcia
9 ▬ Leo Santa Cruz (MEX) | 35-1-1
Notable Wins: Abner Mares (x2), Kiko Martinez, Carl Frampton
10 ▲ Juan Francisco Estrada (MEX) | 39-3-0
Notable Wins: Brian Viloria, Giovani Segura, Carlos Cuadras, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
11 ▲ Daniel Jacobs (USA) | 35-2-0
Notable Wins: Sergio Mora (x2), Peter Quillin, Maciej Sulecki, Sergiy Derevyanchenko
12 ▲ Tyson Fury (GBR) | 27-0-1
Notable Wins: Steve Cunningham, Dereck Chisora (x2), Christian Hammer, Wladimir Klitschko
13 ▲ Callum Smith* (GBR) | 25-0-0
Notable Wins: Rocky Fielding, Erik Skoglund, Nieky Holzken, George Groves
14 ▲ Andy Ruiz Jr.* (USA) | 33-1-0
Notable Wins: Kevin Johnson, Alexander Dimitrenko, Anthony Joshua
15 ▬ Deontay Wilder* (USA) | 40-0-1
Notable Wins: Bermane Stiverne (x2), Artur Szpilka, Gerald Washington, Luis Ortiz
16 ▲ Keith Thurman (USA) | 29-0-0
Notable Wins: Jesus Soto Karass, Robert Guerrero, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia
17 ▲ Shawn Porter (USA) | 30-2-1
Notable Wins: Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas
18 ▼ Anthony Joshua* (GBR) | 22-1-0
Notable Wins: Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin
19 ▼ Manny Pacquiao (PHL) | 61-7-2
Notable Wins: Timothy Bradley (x2), Jessie Vargas, Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner
20 ▼ Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (THA) | 47-5-1
Notable Wins: Roman Gonzalez (x2), Juan Francisco Estrada, Iran Diaz
Dropped from list: Josh Warrington (20)
On Saturday, June 8th, former unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin returns to the ring against the undefeated Steve Rolls. Josh Warrington (who was dropped from our list to make room for Andy Ruiz) defends his IBF featherweight title against Kid Galahad on June 15th. Also on the 15th, lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will take on Tom Schwarz. Visit World in Sport throughout the coming weeks as we preview each bout.
Comparing fighters across different weight classes is mostly subjective, and everybody has their own opinion. Comment below with who you think deserves to be on the list.